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Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

General Zod, Agent Smith and the dude from Memento are proud of you

Vermont was the first state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples back in 2000, and on April 7, 2009 they became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. The Vermont state legislature voted Tuesday to override Republican Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House.

What makes this so significant is that it was the state politicians who stepped up and passed it, not the court. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa all passed their laws through their courts.

Governor Douglas said that the decision to over turn his veto wasn’t unexpected. He had this to say about the issue.

“What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs,” the governor said Tuesday. “We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work.”

This is a great step in the right direction, hopefully more states will follow along. There will probably be some constituent backlash against some of the politicians who voted to override the veto, but I applaud them for taking a stand on an issue they believed in, even though it could cause them problems later on. These are the kind of politicians this country needs. Hopefully their action will inspire others to stand up and do the right thing.

Vermont state politicians, these videos are for you.

Felicia Jollygoodfellow has to be one of the greatest drag names ever.


April 7, 2009 - Posted by | News You May or May Not Use | , ,


  1. Awesome! And awesome clips!

    Comment by TheHobo | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. “and the dude from memento”


    Comment by DonnaMartin | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. The byline to this made my beverage come out my nose.

    Comment by Sarah | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. The veto was overturned by such a huge margin! This suggests that not much politicking was required to gain votes, but that the legislative support was already there. I tend to doubt that the backlash, if there is any, will be effective. TMIMO (am I using that acronym correctly?)

    Comment by WhoMee | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  5. YES! Perfectly done, TMIMO.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. I hope California is paying attention to this. (we were sooo close to voting NO on h8te! Sooooo close.)

    Comment by queencrone | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. Sorry to say, but Texas will NEVER follow suit. It just won’t happen…I mean, if it does that’d be awesome – but I just don’t see it.

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. AdAd, maybe if the population of Austin skyrockets…. 🙂

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  9. The 300 clip was phenomenal!! Well done, I say. Well. Done.


    Comment by SeaKat | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  10. bfm, true. If all of Texas becomes Austin – maybe. (Although, I will admit – Dallas has a very friendly and very active gay community…I cruise the crossroads with my sister in law all the time.)

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  11. I hope president Obama is paying attention to this. Part of his platform was to secure equal treatment of LGBT’s. He has done almost nothing. He was supposed to make an executive order to stop implementing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that thousands of gay soldiers wouldn’t lose their careers and the benefits that they fought for.

    I brought this issue up in one of my class discussion boards and you would not believe the amount of hateful messages I got. It got worse when I told them I wasn’t gay.
    I am really passionate about this issue because I think it’s the civil rights movement of our generation. There is a segment of the United States population that is being told by government and businesses that they are second class citizens. What’s worse is the opposition’s reasoning is completely religious based rhetoric when there is supposed to be a veil between church and state anyway.

    This is one of the issues where my gloves come off because there is no logical reason that gays/lesbians cannot be married in the eyes of the government and obtain the same legal rights and protections that heterosexual couple do. END-OF-STORY.

    Comment by Dr. Gunslider | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  12. BTW Keebler, I doubt the constituent backlash will be notable….It is Vermont after all.

    Comment by Dr. Gunslider | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  13. dr. g is the shit.

    i happen to also know jables is a feminist.

    these are the kind of men that give me a serious case of the squee!s.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  14. bfm: I totally hear that. We need more men like this…so, um…where do boys like you hang out?

    Cuz, I was at the gay rallies and doing the marches, and never really saw any straight dudes… 😛

    Maybe that’s just LA though.

    Comment by TheHobo | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  15. bfm: i completely agree. drgnsldr is the shit.

    thehobo: we hang out at TS! nuff said

    Comment by jables | September 28, 2009 | Reply

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